The Lord is my shepeherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I knew and memorized this verse since I was a kid. The Christian school that I went in my elementary days made this as their opening prayer. And now that I’m an adult, it’s not just like a prayer but there is so much more. There is a promise, there is hope.
One of my favorite verse here is that “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me.” This a declaration on our part and also a promise that God will always be with us. For some people, this could recharge and boost their inmost courage and strength to get along especially in their darkest nights. But there are some people as well who might succumb to worry, doubt and overthink that lead them to hopelessness.
We are much aware that life is not that easy. Trials and hardships are always there, with no exemption. Our patience, faith, commitment and relationship with the Lord is being tested whenever we face adversities. And when we are walking through that valley – that shadow of sickness or death or shadow of pain or shadow of any circumstances in your life – we sometimes ask ourselves, “how to survive in this battle?”. If you are that person, continue reading and allow me to share you some insight that reminded me how powerful our God is.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
2 Corinthians 4:7-12
Our power to survive challenges resides not in us but with God, who dwells within us. We’re not exempt from the punches that the life throws at us nor from the storms that inevitably threaten our stability. But with full confidence in His power to sustain us, we can say that “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Let’s join the travelers through life – who through deep waters of pain and suffering – embrace the unshakable confidence of the truth that God’s grace is sufficient and that in our weakness He is made strong. It will be the ballast to our soul.
The power of God within you is greater than the pressure of troubles around you.